VENZA Expands Security Team; Extends Leadership in Compliance, PCI DSS, and Cybersecurity

In a strategic move to bolster its position as a leading provider of data protection and regulatory compliance solutions in the hospitality industry, VENZA has announced the expansion of its Security Team with the addition of three new hires: Edgar Ayala and Nathan Brown as Security Analysts, and Elizabeth Parente as a Vulnerability Scanning Engineer.

VENZA, renowned for its comprehensive suite of security services that assist clients with PCI DSS compliance, vulnerability scanning, penetration testing, and vendor management, recognizes the ever-evolving challenges in data security and regulatory demands. The expansion of the Security Team is a direct response to the increasing complexity and growth witnessed by the hospitality industry.

Edgar Ayala and Nathan Brown, joining the team as Security Analysts, bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in data protection. Their roles will focus on assisting clients with PCI DSS compliance, including Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) completion. This includes frequent travel for on-property site visits to conduct thorough analyses of security systems and identify potential vulnerabilities.

Elizabeth Parente, joining as a Vulnerability Scanning Engineer, will be responsible for implementing and managing the scanning processes that are critical to identifying vulnerabilities in clients’ systems. Her role is pivotal in preemptively addressing security gaps and ensuring the integrity and security of data across VENZA’s client network. Previously, she was the Lead Compliance Analyst and SOC/NOC Analyst at CyberTek MSSP, an award-winning managed security service provider specializing in the hospitality industry.

This expansion aligns with VENZA’s commitment to enhancing collaboration, streamlining workflows, and optimizing resources to better serve its customers. The company believes that these strategic additions to the team will not only support current initiatives but also pave the way for sustained success in the future.

Charles Smart, Security Team Manager, commented, “As we navigate through an era of significant growth and increasing operational complexity, it’s imperative that our team structure evolves to meet these challenges head-on. The addition of Edgar, Nathan, and Elizabeth to our Security Team reflects our commitment to deliver better visibility and better defense while maintaining the level of client support and service that has come to define the VENZA experience.”

“Their expertise will be invaluable in enhancing our service offerings and ensuring our clients’ needs are met with the highest standards of security,” he added.

With these new hires, VENZA reaffirms its dedication to delivering unparalleled data protection solutions, ensuring that its clients in the hospitality industry are well-equipped to handle the ever-changing landscape of cybersecurity threats and regulatory requirements.


VENZA is the leading provider of data protection and compliance solutions for the hospitality industry. Drawing on decades of experience, VENZA provides 360-degree visibility that enables proactive risk management to mitigate vulnerabilities and keep your guests and their data safe. Know your risks and protect your enterprise with VENZA.

More than 225,000 users in 100+ countries look to VENZA for tools, technology, and strategic security support. Founded in 2008, VENZA is a privately held company with regional offices in Atlanta, GA, Pensacola, FL, San Juan, PR, and The Hague, Netherlands. For more information, visit